There was never any doubt that either belonged, but both Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier are now Hall of Famers.
The full 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced on Monday, but according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, both Manning and Spurrier will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier among those to be named to latest College Football Hall of Fame class.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 6, 2017
Manning threw for 11,201 passing yards in his career at Tennessee and is largely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of both college football and the NFL. Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and won two Super Bowls.
Manning led the Volunteers to the 1997 SEC championship and left Tennessee as the school’s all-time leading passer. He also set the SEC record for wins in his time at Tennessee.
Ironically, Manning never could beat Spurrier when the two were at Tennessee and Florida. Spurrier turned the Gators into a national powerhouse and won the 1996 national championship. In his time at Florida, he won six SEC titles. Spurrier, who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy, is already in the Hall of Fame as a player.
Spurrier retired as the winningest coach in school history at both Florida and South Carolina. As a college coach, Spurrier finished with a career record of 228-89-2.